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First attested in the Samgang haengsildo (三綱行實圖 / 삼강행실도), 1511, as Middle Korean 결에 (Yale: kyel.ey). From 겯— (gyeot-, “to plait”) + (e).


  • IPA(key)[kjʌ̹ɾe̞]
  • Phonetic Hangul[]
Revised Romanization? gyeore
Revised Romanization (translit.)? gyeole
McCune–Reischauer? kyŏre
Yale Romanization? kyeley


겨레 (gyeore)

  1. descendants of the same forefather; brothers; brethren; fellow countrymen
    겨레 사랑 
    gyeore sarang
    fraternity among compatriots
  2. race; nation; people
    우리 겨레의 역사 
    uri gyeoreui yeoksa
    history of our nation
    말은 겨레의 얼이다. 
    Mareun gyeoreui eorida.
    Language is the soul of a nation.
    남북통일은 온 겨레의 염원이다. 
    Nambuktong-ireun on gyeoreui yeomwonida.
    Unification of the North and South is the wish of the whole Korean race.



Derived termsEdit

  • 겨레말 (gyeoremal, “national language”)
  • 겨레붙이 (gyeorebuchi, “brethren, german, sibling”)
  • 배달겨레 (baedalgyeore, “(historically) the earliest Korean nation”)
  • 한겨레 (han-gyeore, “(literally) one and the same race”)

See alsoEdit

  • 겨드랑이 (gyeodeurang-i, “armpit”)
  • 겨를 (gyeoreul, “free time (after work)”)
  • 겨루다 (gyeoruda, “to compete”)
  • 겨리 (gyeori, “plough drawn by the two yoked draft animals”)
  • (gyeol, “vicinity, layer”)
  • (gyeot, “side, vicinity”)
  • (kyeo, “layer, ply”)
  • 켤레 (kyeolle, “pair, conjugation”)
  • 띠앗 (ttiat, “brotherhood, fraternity, fellowship”)